As most would already be aware 2017 was a remarkable year. Ideal conditions for flowering / fruit set & good rain in spring followed by a mild summer with little to no disease pressure. A warm autumn ensured full ripeness & resulted in complex & intensely flavoured wines at low alcohols with remarkable natural acidity. And when your mantra is to avoid “manipulations” & show the vineyard & the season in the final bottle, well, a vintage like that is a gift.
Volume: 225 dozen
Site: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale (Yarra Valley), Victoria
Winemaking: Hand picked. 20% wholebunch & 80% destemmed. Wild fermented in separate open pots. The destemmed portion was gently plunged on a daily basis whilst the wholebunch was sealed up for 3 days before being foot stomped & then plunged. Destemmed fruit was pressed after 10 days & wholebunch after 2 weeks, to one new & six old French oak hogsheads. Racked in winter & then again prior to bottling in September. The wine is unfined, unfiltered & has no adds other than low level sulphur dioxide post-malo & pre-bottling.